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Red Bull Dolomitenmann: 8-10 September 2016

Red Bull Dolomitenmann: 8-10 September 2016

The 29th edition of the Red Bull Dolomitenmann takes place over the weekend of 8-10 September 2016. Some 440 adventure athletes will converge on the Lienz Dolomites to take part in the multi-sport adventure competition. Athletes compete in teams of four, made up of a mountain runner, paraglider pilot, mountain biker and kayaker. Each athlete […]

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Sol Horizon: light and compact traditional harness

Sol Horizon: light and compact traditional harness

The Horizon from Sol is a lightweight and compact traditional paraglider harness, ideal for school use and onwards.  It comes with a newly designed geometry, and a foot stirrup, which work together to provides excellent in-flight comfort and flying precision, Sol say. The harness has a 14cm EN-certified foam back protector and an underseat, right-hand pull reserve. Two […]

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Minari M1-F9 paramotor engine

Minari M1-F9 paramotor engine

Minari’s new M1-F9 paramotor engine is available in 180cc or 200cc versions, producing 73kg and 80kg thrust respectively. It’s available with a centrifugal clutch and easy flash starter. Minari say the engine is powerful and reliable, and robustly built. Two attachment points secure each portion of the exhaust to the frame, which helps to dampen vibrations and extend […]

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Woody Valley’s X-Rated 7, Three Months On…

Woody Valley’s X-Rated 7, Three Months On…

Hugh Miller reviewed Woody Valley’s X-Rated 7 harness in Issue 173 and, having flown it now for over 30 hours, offers some further impressions to give a more rounded view… “C’est enorme!” I wrote in the review. This is an enormous harness, and it’s also a courageous, big piece of design as the French might […]

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High Adventure paragliding Gloves

High Adventure paragliding Gloves

High Adventure’s leather Itsy and Itsy Bitsy paragliding gloves are warm and dextrous, and have touchscreen-compatible index fingers.  The Itsy is the lighter-weight version, designed for summer flying, whereas the Itsy Bitsy has an additional merino wool and bamboo liner, and is described as a 3-season glove. Both are made in Europe from supple leather, and […]

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Francois Ragolski wins Acro World Championships in Annecy

Francois Ragolski wins Acro World Championships in Annecy

Francois Ragolski was crowned Paragliding Acro World Champion in Annecy, France on Saturday, 3 Sept 2016. The French pilot beat team mate Tim Alongi by a whisker to take the coveted gold medal at what was only the second ever FAI World Paragliding Aerobatics Championships to be held. “It was a long competition with a […]

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Video: Lost in the Garden, by Brett Hazlett

Video: Lost in the Garden, by Brett Hazlett

Brett Hazlett always delivers in his short films… “Just a short flight, I won’t need water,” I thought. My backyard site, Grouse Mountain, produced unexpectedly magical evening air which offered an exploration of the deeper valleys, far from roads and landing fields. I had a rare close up view of Crown Mountain and even the […]

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Podcast: Gavin McClurg talks to Guy Anderson

Podcast: Gavin McClurg talks to Guy Anderson

Gavin McClurg talks to Guy Anderson in the latest in his series of paragliding-related podcasts. On the last day of the World Cup in Sun Valley in 2012 British pilot Guy Anderson disappeared in an area we call “no man’s land.” Three days later, in a heroic search effort involving thousands of man hours and […]

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Update to SkyAds: Cloudbase Foundation to benefit

Update to SkyAds: Cloudbase Foundation to benefit

SkyAds, the classifieds site for used gear run by Cross Country Magazine, has made some changes. From 1 September 2016 we are charging users a nominal fee of £0.50 to place an advert – with all the money raised going to the Cloudbase Foundation. Cross Country editor Ed Ewing explained: “SkyAds has always been run by […]

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Avian: UK hang gliding business for Sale

Avian: UK hang gliding business for Sale

  UK-based hang gliding company, Avian, is up for sale. Steve Elkins, Avian MD and designer, started the company over 25 years ago. He says: We are looking for a potential buyer with engineering know-how and a maybe a desire to do something totally different from their current job. Being able to design, test and fly your own […]

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Niviuk unveil lightweight Ikuma P

Niviuk unveil lightweight Ikuma P

Niviuk have released a lightweight version of the high-end EN B Ikuma, for “back-country adventures off the beaten track”. It’s available in four sizes, for all-up weights from 55-115kg, and weighs around 1.4kg less than the standard Ikuma, with wing weights from 3.3kg to 3.9kg. The wing is made from 27g Porcher Skytex with Dyneema risers. […]

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Ozone Fazer 3 speed wing

Ozone Fazer 3 speed wing

Ozone say the latest Fazer 3 speed wing has an expanded flight range, “unmatched” precision, and can be foot or ski launched. Ozone say they have retained the same easy launch characteristics and great flare, and redesigned the trimmers, adding a new ‘steep flight’ mode that makes it faster and less efficient but more stable, for hugging snowy slopes. […]

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Video: Just Acro Boogie 2016

Video: Just Acro Boogie 2016

Here’s the official video of the first Just Acro Boogie, an acro festival hosted by Pál Takáts and Xandi Meschuh at the new Flieger-Base in Gerlitzen, Austria in July. The event, which was organised to celebrate ten years of Just Acro, was, “A friendly and fun event with happy faces and over a 1000 acro runs flown”, according […]

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Annecy restricted zone: 26 Aug to 4 September 2016

Annecy restricted zone: 26 Aug to 4 September 2016

There’s an acro competition on in Anncey, France, and if you’re not involved as a pilot, you need to stay out of this box! Make sure ‘that’ pilot isn’t you!

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World PG Acro Championships 2016: 26 Aug-4 Sep

World PG Acro Championships 2016: 26 Aug-4 Sep

The World Paragliding Acro Championships has started in Annecy, France, and is set to last all week, 26 August to 4 September 2016. This is only the second FAI World Paragliding Aerobatics Championships in history, and comes a decade after the first one. Pilots from 16 nations are competing, including some of the biggest names […]

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Alex Mateos wins Paramotor World Championships 2016

Alex Mateos wins Paramotor World Championships 2016

France’s Alex Mateos continued his domination of the international paramotoring competition scene with a strong win at the Paramotoring World Championships in Popham, England last week, 20-27 August 2016. The young Frenchman took gold and helped lead France to a Team gold in the Nations category too. “I am proud to have my new title […]

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Chalet Card: What to do in an emergency

Chalet Card: What to do in an emergency

In Cross Country 174 pilot and expedition medic Dr Matt Wilkes explains how to react in an emergency, whether on an afternoon hike-and-fly or a month-long expedition. Aimed specifically at pilots his advice is sensible, easy to understand and straightforward. One of his tips is always to carry a ‘Chalet Card’ with you, to remind […]

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Skywalk release lightweight EN D Poison X-Alps

Skywalk release lightweight EN D Poison X-Alps

  Skywalk have unveiled their latest high-performance lightweight EN/LTF D glider, the Poison X-Alps.   It is derived from the CCC-rated X-Alps2, as used in the 2015 race, and Skywalk say its glide performance is “phenomenal” while its behaviour remains manageable. The Posion X-Alps is targeted at experienced XC and competition pilots looking for a lightweight […]

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Hike-and-fly from Kilimanjaro in October 2016

Hike-and-fly from Kilimanjaro in October 2016

Paraglide Kilimanjaro are offering a US$1,000 reduction for their October 2016 expedition to hike and paraglide from 5,895m Uhuru Peak. Not to be confused with the much larger ‘Wings of Kilimanjaro’ trips (remember the planned 100-pilot fly-down?), Paraglide Kilimanjaro run low-impact expeditions with much smaller groups of pilots, led by professional mountain and paragliding guides. The paragliding guide will advise on weather […]

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Honorin and Seiko are European PG Champions 2016

Honorin and Seiko are European PG Champions 2016

Honorin Hamard and Seiko Fukuoka Naville were crowned FAI European Paragliding Champions on Saturday 20 August 2016, after a two-week long competition in Krushevo, Republic of Macedonia. The win was doubly-sweet for the French pair because both pilots are already Overall and Women’s FAI Paragliding World Champions. They won the FAI Paragliding World Championships in […]

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